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Former Madison school board president Gloria Reyes to join county staff in St. Paul, Minn.

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Ramsey County in Minnesota has named Gloria Reyes as the next deputy county manager of the Safety and Justice Service Team, which includes the County Attorney’s Office, Emergency Communications Center (911), Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Medical Examiner’s Office, Sheriff’s Office as well as providing support functions for the Second Judicial District Court. The Safety and Justice Service Team has a budget of approximately $160 million and over 1,000 employees focused on initiatives and projects that work toward enhancing the wellbeing of residents through effective public safety and justice services to keep all residents and visitors safe.

“I am thrilled to welcome Gloria Reyes to Ramsey County,” County Manager Johanna Berg said in a statement. “Gloria is a strategic thinker with the determination, passion and collaborative spirit that will drive this critical work to the next level, creating a safer and more just future for all.”

A lifelong Madisonian, Reyes has served as a police officer, deputy mayor, and CEO of Briarpatch Youth Services, among many other roles. She currently works as deputy director of the Dane County Department of Human Services. She served on the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education from 2018 through 2021 and ran for mayor of Madison in 2023, earning 44 percent of the vote against incumbent Satya Rhodes-Conway. She is the 2023 recipient of the 365 Leadership Community Choice Award for Woman of Excellence.

“As I prepare to embark on a new chapter in my life’s journey, I reflect on the profound impact this community has had on shaping who I am today. From the bustling streets to the tranquil parks, every corner of Madison holds memories that are now etched into the fabric of my being,” Reyes wrote in a message to the community provided to Madison365. “I arrived in Madison as a wide-eyed dreamer, unsure of the future. Little did I know that this city would become not just a place I lived but a home that nurtured me, challenged me, and ultimately transformed me. To the teachers who inspired me: your dedication to educating young minds goes beyond the classroom. You believed in me even when I doubted myself, and I am forever grateful for that. As I bid farewell to Madison, know that I will take with me not just memories but also lessons learned and cherished friendships. While the physical distance may grow, the bonds forged here remain unbreakable.
I leave with a heart full of gratitude for the community who raised me. You have given me roots to ground myself and wings to soar toward new horizons. Madison will always be a part of me, and I carry its spirit wherever I go. Thank you, Madison, for being more than a city—it’s been an honor to call you home.”

Reyes will begin her new role on Monday, May 13. She replaces Scott Williams, who will retire in June after 19 years with the county.